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Member News Ribbon Cuttings Member Profile New Members Chamber News

‘On the Job’ a chance to return to roots By Aaron Kapellusch, President/CEO


lmost every business segment in our area is looking for talented individuals to help move them forward. This reality has led to this new series from the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. What better way to show the skills needed in some of these interesting job fields than to try it? I wanted to learn firsthand, the skills that employers are looking for from the people on the front lines. Each month, I’m going to be an ad-hoc employee, working side-by-side with member employees and learning as much as I can about them, what they love about their job, what challenges they face and what skills are needed for their job.

com or 715-848-5946.

And what better place to start than in the field I spent almost half of my working life, landscaping. On Monday, Nov. 2, I met a crew of three from LandArt Companies at the new CoVantage Credit Union building at the corner of First Avenue and Stewart Avenue. To read the full recap of my morning and watch video from the experience, visit Daily Herald Media. We’re scheduling future installments of ‘On the Job,’ so if you have a job suggestion or would like me to visit your business, contact me at akapellusch@wausauchamber.


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International Speaker, Trainer and Author Headlines Customer Service Training

Coming up on our calendar:

A special program is coming up next month featuring international speaker, trainer and author David K. Aaker, IOM. Aaker has been named among America’s Best Speakers* and is featured in the new book Success Simplified alongside the likes of Dr. Stephen Covey.

Dec. 9: E3YP Elevating Your Future: Stress Management and Wellness

David K. Aaker

Aaker will be the presenter at a pair of Customer Service Training sessions on Thursday, December 3. Aaker will teach communication tools that work, discuss the ethics of customer service and share concepts that invite customers to return.

This program will be held at the Westwood Conference Center with sessions from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aaker will also sign copies of Success Simplified available for purchase at the event. The cost for members is $40 per seat or $350 for ten seats. Non-members may attend for $45 per seat or $400 for ten seats. For more information on these programs or to register, visit each event page on wausauchamber. com.

Dec. 3: Customer Service Training

Dec. 8: Tech Tuesday: Windows 10

Dec. 10: Business PM: Premier Sports Academy Dec. 21: Business Break: Federal Government Eat-and-Greet For more information or to register for these programs and events, visit wausauchamber.com.

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Our office will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 and will close at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 24, re-opening at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, December 28.

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Member News Jim Torstenson, PE has joined Clark Dietz’s mechanical/electrical group as a senior project manager. Torstenson brings over 25 years of experience managing and designing electrical systems for industrial processes, power systems, and controls. Torstenson has worked in a variety of industrial Jim Torstenson contexts including, manufacturing, pulp and paper, oil and gas, and iron ore mining. In his new role, Torstenson will serve clients throughout Wisconsin.

Rick Clements

The Professional Insurance Agents Association of Wisconsin has elected Rick Clements of Clements Insurance Agency as president for the 20152016 term. The Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin represents over 630 insurance agencies and more than 3,400 licensed agents throughout Wisconsin.

Cornerstone Advisors, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. announced that associate Sandy Hagemeister has earned the Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM designation. The designation is awarded by the College for Financial Planning® and is the nation’s premier retirement Sandy planning credential. Hagemeister is client Hagemeister relationship manager with the team of Ted Fox and has been in the financial services industry for 10 years. Customodal announced the hiring of two new professionals to join Customodal’s logistics team in their Marshfield corporate office. Macie Huckabay and Leota Withrow will be managing LTL, air, and expedite shipments to meet growing customer demand. Dr. Jordan Priestley has joined the First Impressions Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics team. Dr. Priestley will have patients in Wausau, Weston, Rhinelander and Shawano. Dr. Priestley moved to the area from Austin, TX

and grew up in Portland, OR. Like many Wisconsinites, he enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, biking, and exploring lakes and rivers. Dr. Priestley received his bachelor’s degree in human physiology from the University of Oregon and his doctorate of dental surgery at the University of Pacific in San Francisco. Ghidorzi announced plans to develop a 100-room Hilton Garden Inn hotel at 2101 North Mountain Road in Rib Mountain. An anticipated construction start in 2016 and hotel opening in 2017 are planned. The Howard Johnson Inn & Conference Center that currently stands on the development site will close on November 30. Laurie Prochnow, Scott Olson, and Tina Geer attended Management Recruiters International’s 50th anniversary celebration and global conference. Prochnow was recognized as one of the Ring of Honor Club members with over 25 years of association with the company. Both Olson and Prochnow were recognized as achieving Pacesetter status which represents the top 10% of professionals within the organization. Geer was recognized for a Rookie Challenge and Prochnow for an Account Executive challenge. Prochnow has owned the Wausau office for the last 21 years. Megan Rickert has joined Management Recruiters of Wausau as a talent scout. Her top priority will be identifying quality candidates to fill the numerous positions the firm is partnering with. Her main focus will be in the banking industry where positions are available locally and throughout the Midwest. Local positions include a variety of professional roles including accounting, manufacturing, information systems, engineering, sales, management, and whatever need a client has. Rickert was previously the Branch Manager at Adecco. Rickert can be reached at 715842-1750 or mmr@mriwausau.com. Dan Riehle, Katie Coblentz and Carl Van Setters have joined MBE in Wausau as staff accountants. MBE has also welcomed Breanne Aumann for bookkeeping and Angela Gotz as an administrative assistant. Kayla Duncan has earned her CPA credential. Duncan is a 2012 graduate of Quincy University in Quincy, IL. To view positions still available at MBE in Wausau, visit the MBE site or contact Lisa Zautke at lzautke@mbecpa.com.


Member News Rasmussen College welcomed Dr. Kari Luoma as the new Dean of Nursing at their Wausau campus. Luoma has been a Registered Nurse since 1997 and has worked in the educational environment since 2001. She received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Gogebic Community College, Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Master of Science in Nursing at Clarkson College and Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a Specialization in Nursing Education from the Capella University. Attorneys Mark Bradley, Melissa Kampmann, Mark Munson, Randi Osberg, and Bryan Symes of Ruder Ware have been selected as Wisconsin Super Lawyers. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.

be found here or picked up at the Village of Kronenwetter Municipal Center located at 1582 Kronenwetter Drive. Completed packets must be return to the Village by December 14 at 9 a.m. Contact the Village of Kronenwetter Community Development Director at 715-693-4200 ext. 30 or rfifrick@kronenwetter.org for more information. Mayor Jim Tipple proclaimed November ‘Small Business Month’ at a City Council meeting this fall. This proclamation was issued in recognition of the tremendous value Wausau’s small business community brings to the city. Several businesses will participate in Small Business Saturday this year on November 28. Businesses will hold coloring activities for kids and adults who snap a selfie with the hashtag #ShopSmallWausau will be entered to win gift certificates to local businesses at this event hosted by the Wausau River District.

Two University of Wisconsin-Marathon County professors were recently recognized by the university’s Distinguished Faculty Society. On Oct. 21, Professor Holly Hassel was named the 2015 Society Fellow. Hassel has taught English and gender, sexuality and women’s studies at UWMC since 2002. Paul Whitaker, associate professor of biology, was presented the Professional Community Service Award. Whitaker began teaching at UWMC in 1999. The Distinguished Faculty Society was established in 2001 through a financial gift from Wausau residents Dr. D. Joe and Mary Clare Freeman. The society, with 94 contributing members, provides an annual monetary award to a UWMC A variety of holiday decorations have gone up around downtown faculty member to pursue research or other significant Wausau this month, particularly along Third Street. On Nov. professional development. 14, a group gathered at La Prima to string the lights, generously donated by businesses including Target. Thanks to a generous The Village of Kronenwetter will sell six single family home grant from the Dudley Foundation, Wausau River District was lots located in the Timber Creek Crossing Subdivision able to purchase overhead swag garlands to bring the nostalgia through a sealed bid process. The Timber Creek Crossing of the 1940s back to Third Street. Compass Properties, Subdivision is located in the southwestern portion of the Wausau Canvas, and Hi-Lo Services worked together to put up Village, south of Maple Ridge Road. These lots are available attachment points and cables to run across the 300 and 500 for bid to the general public. Successful bidders will be blocks of Third Street. The lit garlands, with wreaths and bows, required to meet a minimum improvement value that has were strung on Nov. 17. The lights will remain up for the rest been established for each lot within three years of the of the holiday season. Cables strung to support the garlands property transfer. Interested bidders must complete a bid will remain up throughout the year to support more seasonal packet for each property they wish to bid on, which can banners and decorations.


Member News morning experiences. Local mentors who volunteered time for the students this year were: Sheriff Scott Parks of the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department, Courtney Bumber of River Valley Bank, Walter Roth of Northwestern Mutual, Josh Holland and Brandon Kinnard of WAOW, Larry Meyer of Larry Meyer Construction, Tim Plevak of Trig’s, Wendy DeLucia, Nate Wilke, and Mark Meurette of 3M, Henry Yach of Yach’s Body & Custom, Lisa Opatik of Aspirus, Nick O’Brien of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, and Andi Burns of the College of Beauty Culture. Teachers for the fourth grade conference were Mrs. Heidi Hahner and Mr. Chuck Schlitz. Teachers for the fifth grade conference were Mr. Matt Adams and Mrs. Cheryl Borta.

Nick O’Brien, Young Professionals & Special Projects Manager for the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, served as a mentor during the Wausau School District’s Elementary GT Leadership Conference in October. Forty fourth graders and forty fifth graders attended the three-day Wausau School District Elementary GT Leadership Conference in October. The Leadership Conference was designed to bring together some of the most talented fourth and fifth grade leaders from across the district for three days of intensive leadership training. Most sessions were held at the Boys and Girls Club of Wausau. Students engaged in activities that explored what it means to be a leader, the characteristics of leadership and the traits they see in themselves and classmates that will help them develop into strong leaders. The students also listened to community leaders who provided insight on leadership qualities. The students participated in activities involving problem solving, risk taking, decision making, planning, communicating, conflict resolution, and time management. Mark Macdonald, owner of the Wisconsin Woodchucks, spoke to the fourth graders about his own leadership journey. In addition, students from both Wausau West and Wausau East High Schools came to interact with students and inspired them with their own personal stories of middle and high school leadership opportunities. On October 20, fifth grade students attended a ‘Mentor Morning’ session. Students accompanied local leaders to their place of business for the morning where they learned first hand about leadership skills in the real world. Dr. Kathleen Williams, Wausau School District Superintendent and School Board members, Theresa Miles, Jane Rusch, Yvonne Henning, Jeff Leigh, and Matthew Young stopped by and talked with the students about their

For the second year in a row, John Muir Middle School was awarded a Bronze Wisconsin School Health Award from the Department of Public Instruction for its ‘commitment to providing students with the knowledge and skills to make healthy decisions in a supportive school environment that will positively contribute to their academic success.’ Wausau Area Montessori Charter School received a $1,000 Green Gift from Cellcom during the school’s monthly Virtues Assembly on October 28. The Green Gift from Cellcom will help fund classroom materials for an environmental science unit and an associated seminar at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Central Wisconsin Environmental Station. Wausau West High School senior Clayton DeChamps took first place at the SkillsUSA Welding Challenge at the Advanced Welding Institute in Eagle River on October 3, 2015. The three-part challenge included a job interview, written test, and a welding exercise.Clayton’s first place finish yielded him a wire feed welder, welding kit, and a $1,000 scholarship to Advanced Welding Institute.

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Member News Wausau West High School seniors Anusha Naik and Joshua Dvorak have been named semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. These high school seniors represents less than one percent of the highest scoring entrants on the Preliminary SAT or PSAT in each state. She will continue in the scholarship program process by working toward the designation of National Merit Finalist, which will be announced in spring. Christine Kadonsky, Wausau West High School social studies teacher, participated in the ‘Andrew Jackson and His Era’ colloquium in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 30 to November 1. Kadonsky was selected to participate following a competitive national application process. Wausau West High School and Wausau East High School DECA chapters held their annual ‘Trick or Can’ event on a rainy October 31 where West members collected more than 3,200 non-perishable food items for The Women’s

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Community, Inc. and East members collected 2,100 pounds of non-perishable food for The Neighbors’ Place. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection reminds farmers’ market vendors about licenses needed for selling pet foods and ‘natural’ pesticides. If you make and/or sell pet foods or pet treats in Wisconsin, no matter how small your business is, you need: A license that costs $25 a year, March 1 through February 28/29 and labeling that meets regulations for ingredient assurances and for weights and measures. For information, visit this site or contact specialists at 608-224-4539 or datcpfeed@wisconsin.gov. Pesticides include ‘natural’ remedies, so if you claim that it works as a pesticide, you must: Register the product with the Environmental Protection Agency (registration information here) and register your product with the state of Wisconsin (registration information here). If you have questions, please contact pesticide registration specialist Otto Oemig at 608224-4547, otto.oemig@wi.gov.

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(In Case You Missed It) Our E3YP initiative has partnered with United Way of Marathon County’s Emerging Leaders group to offer young professionals a Jingle & Mingle event featuring dueling pianos at the Great Dane Pub and Brewing Co. on Friday, December 11. Young professionals have gathered in recent weeks for a Dining Etiquette in a Business Setting program at Jefferson Street Inn on October 29 and at Zingers & Flingers on November 18. For more information on E3YP visit:

The winter season should be joyful, right? But for some of us, it brings about concerns for another season of going out in wintery conditions, possible falls, and handling snow removal. We can help you sort through your options and keep you or your family member safe this winter and get you back to celebrating the joy in the winter season!

Start with Stoney River. Give us a call at 715-298-3833 or StoneyRiverWeston.com




2016 Partnerships With Wausau Events Now Available! Contact: Lindsey Lewitzke at 715-297-9531 or execdir@wausauevents.org for more information. www.wausauevents.org

Wausau Events, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to providing first-class events for the community and its visitors. With your sponsorship, we are able to implement these events at the highest quality to the community. In 2015, there have been over 75,000 visits to the events we administer. Partnering with Wausau Events through sponsorship will gain you the visibility and exposure to the public each organization strives for.

Sponsorship can provide the following OPPORTUNITIES to your company or organization:

Concerts on the Square

Balloon & Rib Fest

Highlighted Opportunity: •Single Night Sponsorship: $2,000

Highlighted Opportunities: •Balloon Glow Sponsors: $1,200, $1,000, $750 •Sponsor 3 Pilots’ Balloons: $1,500 •Children’s Area Sponsors: $2,000 •Balloon Chase 5K Run/Walk Sponsors: $1,000, $500, $250 •Additional Options to fit your Business

Wausau’s Get-Together

Winter Fest

Winter Family Fun! Highlighted Opportunities: •Ice Sculpture Sponsor $500 •Mac-N-Cheese Contest Sponsor: $2,500 •Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides Sponsor: $1,000

Summer Kickoff Family Fun

Highlighted Opportunities: •Petting Zoo Sponsor: $1,000 •Classic Car Show Sponsor: $500 •Kid’s Activities Sponsor: $1,000

30,000+ Visitors to this Favorite Event

Big Bull Falls Blues Fest Celebrating 25 years in 2016!

Highlighted Opportunities: •VIP Area Sponsor: $3,000 •Photo Booth Sponsor: $2,000 •Ticket Sponsor: $500 •Music Sponsors: $7,000, $5,000, $2,500 •Additional Options to fit your Business

Other events with sponsorship opportunities: •Marketplace Thursdays •Holiday Parade •Harvest Fest •Screen on the Green

If interested please contact:


Lindsey Lewitzke, Executive Director execdir@wausauevents.org 715.297.9531

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Business PMs Aspirus co-hosted a Business PM with Systems Technologies on October 22, upper left with more photos here. A Business PM was also held on November 12 at Remedy Intelligent Staffing in Wausau, below left with more photos here. Save time and money at these monthly networking events by purchasing a Speed Pass package for all Business PMs from January to August 2016 (11 total). This includes the huge EXPO Business PM in April! For more information, visit wausauchamber.com.

On the List:

The Chamber’s own Sara Guild made Daily Herald Media’s 20 Under 40 list this year, along with several other honorees with ties to the Chamber. Guild, Government Affairs & Workforce Development Director with the Chamber, was recognized at a ceremony held on November 17. To view profiles of all those on this year’s list, visit wausaudailyherald.com.


If you’d like to have your business featured in our monthly Member Profile, contact Brian Otten at botten@wausau chamber.com.

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Funded by ABC competition, plan outlines vision for Wausau For more than six months, local leaders in Wausau have been hard at work completing the steps necessary to move forward in the national America’s Best Communities competition, including developing a Community Revitalization Plan to outline improvements for the city’s economic future. On Friday, November 6, the team completed the plans needed to move on to the next level of the competition, putting Wausau in the running to be named a Top 15 semifinalist. These plans were developed by a group of almost two dozen individuals representing multiple aspects of the Wausau Region, including tourism, business, government, education and young professionals. While the first phase of the revitalization plan centers on enhanced wayfinding (a system of signs that will help residents and visitors navigate to Wausau’s ‘hidden gems’), the plan as a whole outlines several different tactics and initiatives Wausau intends to pursue in order to strengthen the local economy through improved workforce development and enhanced quality of life. “I would like to thank all of our community partners for working so diligently on this project,” says Wausau Region Chamber President/CEO Aaron Kapellusch. “I am so very proud of the plans we have submitted as a team. It’s proof that great things continue to happen in this community because of the strong spirit of teamwork, determination and imagination.” Wausau was one of only 50 communities in the nation to advance in May 2015 to the quarterfinals of the ‘America’s Best Communities’ competition sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH Network, CoBank and The Weather Channel across the country. This three-year competition lasts until April of 2017 and involves three more levels of elimination, with the final winner receiving $3 million for a community revitalization project and the title of America’s Best Community.

Wausau was awarded $50,000 and a corporate sponsor partner, American Century Investments, to help further develop the strategic community and economic revitalization plans outlined in the initial application. $35,000 of the award was provided by the America’s Best Communities competition, while the remaining $15,000 came from American Century Investments. Wausau was also required to contribute $15,000 from the community to show local support, which was provided by the Community Foundation of North CentralWisconsinandtheJuddS.Alexander Foundation. The terms of the competition required the group to be led by a non-profit physically located within the community that it represented. The Wausau Region Chamber was honored to take on this role and worked closely with representatives from the City of Wausau, includingtheMayor,boardmembersandstafffromavarietyof departments, to complete the application. Up to 15 semifinalists will be announced on January 13, 2016 and will have an opportunity to present their plans at the America’s Best Communities summit. Eight finalists will then be selected and awarded an additional $100,000 to begin the implementation of their plans over the next 11 months, with the top three winners being awarded $1 million, $2 million and $3 million in prize money in April 2017. For more information on Wausau’s efforts in the America’s Best Community contest, visit this Facebook page devoted to tracking Wausau’s progress. Videos produced for the contest can be viewed on this Vimeo account. For more information on the America’s Best Community contest, please visit AmericasBestCommunities.com or contact the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce at 715845-6231.


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Chamber Numbers:

Our social media footprint has grown over the last eight months. ‘Likes’ to our Facebook page have increased by more than 40% to 1,274 with the top organic reach for a single post reaching more than 15,000 this month (on Nov. 17).

We’ve posted more than 30 videos, viewed 7,800 times in the last six months. We education.” ‘Likes’need to our Eto YPreimagine page are up 50% to 531 compared to the April total. The 3 Chamber’s Twitter account is up 15% since April with 1,720 current followers.

Social “ “LocalMedia change can inspire a national movement. EachBusiness of usAdvocacy can We’ve also launched Facebook pages for YEA DC Everest, and the America’s Best Community contest. contribute to bringing education into the twenty-first century.”

All quotations are from “Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era” by Tony Wager and Ted Dintersmith

MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED mltsfilm.org ~ Official Selection 2015 Sundance Film Festival Showing Tuesday, December 1, 6:30 p.m. at the D.C. Everest Middle School Theater, 9302 Schofield Avenue, Weston, WI. Tickets are free, but due to limited seating, please register at: http://tinyurl.com/pbkpxnh. Please bring your ticket, either electronically or on paper, to the event. Seating is first come, first serve. Hosted by D.C. Everest Area School District, Wausau Area Chamber of Commerce, and Northcentral Technical College


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Secretary of Workforce Development Speaks to Young Entrepreneurs Reggie Newson, Secretary of Workforce Development for the state of Wisconsin, recently paid a visit to the DC Everest Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), ran as a partnership between the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce and the DC Everest Area School District. This is the inaugural year of YEA! in the school district and the students are already well on their way to becoming CEOs of their own businesses. YEA! is a program that transforms local high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Through its hands-on classes, high school students generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch fully formed businesses from the ground up, with instruction and inspiration from local teachers and business leaders. Students will own and can continue running their businesses after graduation from the program. Secretary Newson leads the state agency charged with building and strengthening Wisconsin’s workforce. In his visit, Newson listened as the students described their business ideas, observing

Reggie Newson, Secretary of Workforce Development, met with the students enrolled in the DC Everest Young Entrepreneurs Academy in October. the clear passion the students have for their new ventures. He witnessed firsthand the opportunity YEA! presents to local high school students in central Wisconsin and beyond. “YEA! is helping to build the next generation of business leaders here in Wisconsin, which strengthens the overall workforce in the state. Programs like YEA! play an important role by instilling confidence in our students, and empowering them to be innovative,” said Newson. As part of YEA!, students are introduced to all facets of the business world such as advertising, insurance, graphic design and web development. Over the course


of this year’s YEA! program, 13 students will launch 12 businesses, including Shallocat, a modern, hip embroidery business and Peak Waxing, which makes affordable ski and snowboarding waxing tables. During the course of the year-long program, more than 25 local businesses will be involved with YEA! at various levels. Students work in close cooperation with local business leaders, community leaders and educators who use their personal experiences to demonstrate how to transform their ideas into tangible enterprises that create economic and social value. At the end, the region will have 12 new businesses to support the economy and a class full of entrepreneurial-minded leaders to enhance the local workforce.

Customer Service Training with David K. Aaker

David K. Aaker is an international speaker, trainer and author and has been named among America’s Best Speakers*. Aaker will share tested methods to improve customer service and help you gain an advantage over your competition.

*By Sky Radio

Thursday, December 3

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Learn communication tools that work, the ethics of customer service and concepts that invite customers to return. Westwood Conference Center

1800 Westwood Center Blvd, Wausau WI 54401


Members: $40 per seat or $350 for 10 seats Non-Members: $45 per seat or $400 for 10 seats

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Aaker is featured in the new book Success Simplified alongside the likes of Dr. Stephen Covey. Aaker will sign copies of the book sold at the event following each session. Corey Pierce, Business Account Executive

Ribbon Cuttings

Ribbon Cuttings Members held ten ribbon cutting ceremonies over the last several weeks. Clockwise from the top left: Seek Careers/Staffing in Stevens Point on Oct. 13; BioLife Plasma Services in Rib Mountain on Oct. 14; Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Wausau on Oct. 20; Eagle’s Nest Restaurant on Oct. 26 and Luoma Design Solutions in Brokaw on Oct. 29. To view more photos and video from ribbon cuttings and other Chamber events, ‘like’ our Facebook page and follow our Twitter account.


Ribbon Cuttings

Ribbon Cuttings Members held ten ribbon cutting ceremonies over the last several weeks. Clockwise from the top left: Mystic Garden Spa in Wausau on Oct. 30; Sixth Street Filling Station in Wausau on Nov. 3; 715Delivery.com in Wausau on Nov. 3; ServiceMaster Restoration Professionals in Rib Mountain on Nov. 10 and CoVantage Credit Union in Wausau on ONLINE: Nov. 10. View Recent To view more photos and Ribbon video from ribbon cuttings and Cuttings and other Chamber events, ‘like’ our GroundFacebook page and breakings follow our Twitter account.



Women’s Leadership Conference

Authentic Leadership for Professional Women Wednesday, January 20 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Looking for inspiration, encouragement and personal and professional development? This conference offers a great opportunity for women of all ages and at any career level to develop skills that will carry on through both work and personal lives.


Robin Getman will present ‘Take This Job and Love It!’

Other speakers:

Sue Finco and Deb Marshall


7:30 am 8:15 am 9:45 am 10 am 11 am 11:15 am 12:30 pm 12:45 pm

Check-in Opening Keynote Break Educational Sessions Break Educational Sessions Lunch Lunch Panel and Networking

Stoney Creek Hotel and Convention Center 1100 Imperial Avenue, Rothschild


$65 Early Registration through December 22 $75 Standard Registration Prospective Member $85

Register at WausauChamber.com Presenting Sponsor:

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2015 ATHENA Leadership Award® Recipients Announced Dean Dietrich, an attorney at Ruder Ware, was named the 2015 recipient of the ATHENA Leadership Award® at an awards ceremony held on November 4 at the City Grill. Dietrich is active throughout Wisconsin serving in leadership positions with the State Bar of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Radio Association, Early Years Coalition and numerous community boards. Dietrich is a recognized leader in educating lawyers about professional ethics and compliance with the Wisconsin Rules of Professional Conduct. Dietrich’s goals include recognition for Marathon County as the best place to raise kids in Wisconsin and to help lawyers ensure ethical services to clients.

Elizabeth Field, left, the recipient of the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®, Dianne Dinkel, center, President and CEO of ATHENA International, and Dean Dietrich, right, the recipient of the ATHENA Leadership Award®.

Throughout Field’s career and life, her goal has been to work for something greater than herself and to leave the world a little better. This has included work in high-impact community Finalists for the 30th annual ATHENA organizations, creative and resourceful program development that enhances Leadership Award® were: an organization’s mission, and • Dean Dietrich, Ruder Ware working with the next generation of • Janet Felch, J & D Tube Benders young female leaders. • Renee Hodell, Village of Weston Finalists for the eighth annual • Joanne Kelly, United Way of ATHENA Young Professional ® Marathon County Leadership Award were: • Antonina Olszewski, Ministry Saint • Elizabeth Field, Wausau River Clare’s Hospital District Inc • Jennifer Porath, Wipfli LLP – • Melissa Herold, Grand Lodge Wausau Waterpark Resort Elizabeth Field, Executive • Lynette LeGarde, Ho-Chunk Director for the Wausau River District Gaming Nekoosa Inc, was named the 2015 recipient of the ATHENA Young Professional • Keri Anne Steger, Aspirus Leadership Award®. The ATHENA Leadership Award®


and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® are presented to women or men who are honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills. The ATHENA Leadership Award® founding sponsor is O’Malley Cadillac Honda, the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® sponsor is Ameriprise FinancialCornerstone Advisors, and the achievement sponsors are BMO Harris Bank and Ministry Health Care. The inspiration sponsors are Schenck SC, The Dirks Group and Wisconsin Public Service, the keynote sponsor is EO Johnson Business Technologies and the ATHENA pin sponsor is Associated Bank.

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Chamber Connection, November 2015  

The monthly e-newsletter of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber Connection, November 2015  

The monthly e-newsletter of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce.